Thursday, October 13, 2011

Boise State Volleyball Team Outpoints UNLV 3-2

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Boise State won the first set 25-18 as they have been doing.  The problem is in the late sets, where they let wins over Oklahoma and TCU slip away.

Tonight, UNLV won the second set 25-19.   Boise State lost a four-point lead in the third set to give the advantage to UNLV down the stretch.  But then in a thrilling finish, the Broncos regained the upper hand and finally put away the hometown Rebels 33-31.  

Boise State lost 25-20 in the fourth set.  Can't close the door on teams.  But Boise State came out strong in the fifth set with the first six points and put away their MWC foes 15-9.

Congrats to the Broncos!

Boise State Picked to Finish Last in the Mountain West

Welcome to the Mountain West, huh?

The Boise State men's basketball team, which went 22-13 last season and was one of the last college basketball teams playing in the postseason, was predicted by the Mountain West Conference media to finish last in a poll released yesterday by the league office.

“I’m not surprised by where we were selected,” head coach Leon Rice said. “With only five guys returning from last year’s team we have a lot of newcomers, and we’re heading into a great league.”

What Rice didn't say is that those five players returning are extremely talented and there are guys waiting in the wings that we know about that will make a big impact this season.  Boise State was picked to finish sixth in the WAC last year, but surprised everyone by finishing second in Rice's first season.  The Broncos advanced to the WAC Championship before losing to nationally-ranked Utah State and played all the way into the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational before a loss on the road to Oregon.  It was one of the only victories for Oregon in any sport over Boise State. 
New Mexico received 22 of 26 first-place votes to earn the favorite's role, with UNLV second.

Boise State begins their season with an exhibition against Colorado Springs Tuesday, November 8 in Taco Bell Arena. 

The complete poll is below:

1. New Mexico (22)203
2. UNLV (4)183
3. San Diego State158
4. Colorado State119
5. Air Force  78
6. Wyoming68
7. TCU64
8. Boise State63